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EMPIRE EXHIBITION AND CORONATION CUPS
I don’t suppose anyone will oppose the view that winning the European Cup has been Celtic’s greatest success in the club’s history.

I don’t suppose anyone will oppose the view that winning the European Cup has been Celtic’s greatest success in the club’s history.

Yet I can put up a reasonable case for another famous Cup tournament success being a comparably fine achievement. Before I do so I would like to point out that no club in Britain has done what Celtic has done-with three “open” competitions over and above the European Champions Cup. The Exhibition Cup, played at Rangers’ ground in the summer of 1938, was part of Glasgow’s contribution to the Exhibition which was centred on nearby Bellahouston Park.

Four Scottish and four English clubs were invited to play ,, Aberdeen, Celtic, Hearts and Rangers from Scotland and Brentford, Chelsea, Everton and Sunderland from England. Younger readers may be somewhat mystified by the composition of the English entry. It was, it is true, not fully representative of English league football of the time, for more than one club did not give the promoters much encouragement when tentative invitations were offered. In addition it was not feasible to wait until near the end of the 1937-38 season to see which clubs would finish the most successful.

In the end the English representation was very strong, though it did not contain the current first division champions, Arsenal, or the English Cup winners, Preston North End. The 1936 champions, Sunderland, came north, as did the club who were to win the title in season 1938-39: Everton.



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Posted by voc1967 on Friday 11 October 2019 - 12:40:23 | Comments: 1  |  printer friendly
 
 
 
 
 
Patsy Gallacher - The Greatest Ever Celt
”Within 20 yards of goal Patsy Gallacher was the most dangerous forward I have ever seen.

”Within 20 yards of goal Patsy Gallacher was the most dangerous forward I have ever seen. You never knew what he would do. Often he would wriggle through, past man after man, With defenders reluctant to tackle in case they gave away a penalty-kick”.

You may think that such a tribute to the Celtic player who was the best footballer pound for pound whom I ever saw was made by someone with at least leanings towards Celtic. In fact those were the words of Alan Morton of Rangers and Scotland, who himself was one of the greatest players of his time. No one was more qualified to speak of Patsy than Alan Morton. The paragraph I quote is one from an interview given by Morton to “Alan Breck” of the Evening Time: shortly after Patsy’s death in 1953. In the published interview Mr. Morton also said:



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Posted by voc1967 on Thursday 26 September 2019 - 15:49:55 | Comments: 0  |  printer friendly
 
 
 
 
 
The Celtic Captain & Charlie Tully v The Drunken Ref And The SFA
Players in Scotland have been given the most severe penalty possible, sine die, and in every instance only the extent of the punishment has led to controversy.

Players in Scotland have been given the most severe penalty possible, sine die, and in every instance only the extent of the punishment has led to controversy .

There has never, to my knowledge, been a player who was banned in this manner who did not deserve some heavy punishment and never one who had not been warned by the disciplinary committee on his previous appearance before them what would be the dire result of further serious misconduct.

The most unfair punishment ever meted out by the referee committee of the Scottish Football Association, however, was to a Celtic player, George Paterson. Many older Celtic supporters will remember the match which led to Patetson being suspended for three months, to two other Celtic players being suspended, and the club fined £60 and ordered to post warning bills at Celtic Park for six months. Many of the younger Celtic followers will, I feel sure, be more than a little interested in the story.



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Posted by voc1967 on Saturday 21 September 2019 - 14:23:05 | Comments: 1  |  printer friendly
 
 
 
 
 
THE RUMBLE IN THE JUNGLE
The following is from an anonymous Celtic fan.

The following is from an anonymous Celtic fan. It is a must read for Celtic fans as it chronicles one Celtic fan's very personal experiences on the night history was made – Tuesday 21st November 2006, CELTIC 1 Manchester United 0.

From the start of the season I've felt that something special might happen this campaign. The reason is a mixture of personal circumstances and the fact that Champions League football has returned to Paradise. Remarkably this season looks like following another special year in my lifetime. It's seems that the fortunes of Celtic are inextricably linked with highs in my life away from football. For that reason I was optimistic about this season.

I'll say from the outset that previously I was not great fan of Strachan. After the disaster in Artmedia, Strachan had me in utter despair. I'm no tourist Tim - you're more likely to find me in the Dundee Social club and such places on domestic duty than in the Espalades of European places (or whatever the f*ck they are called).



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Posted by voc1967 on Wednesday 18 September 2019 - 13:21:12 | Comments: 0  |  printer friendly
 
 
 
 
 
Pat The Rat Nevin - I Will Savour Every Moment
In the past Tv pundit Pat Nevin said he has turned his back on Celtic because of sectarian songs sung during matches.

In the past Tv pundit Pat Nevin said he has turned his back on Celtic because of sectarian songs sung during matches.

Pat the rat Nevin grew up supporting Celtic. He switched his support to Hibernian after feeling that his boyhood club had become a large corporate organisation and the Celtic Park stadium no longer felt like home..


Another reason he said was Celtic fans chanting IRA songs . If Nevin’s morals prevent him from supporting Celtic it seems strange he now supports a club where some fans believe ‘refugee’ is a fitting term for abuse and homophobia is regarded as terrace banter. It’s equally surprising he has no issue with supporting Chelsea. 



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Posted by voc1967 on Monday 16 September 2019 - 11:18:41 | Comments: 0  |  printer friendly
 
 
 
 
 
The Birth Of An Era - The Swinging Sixties Part 6
Before Celtic could concentrate their thoughts on the possibility of making history, there were still some domestic chores to attend to.

Before Celtic could concentrate their thoughts on the possibility of making history, there were still some domestic chores to attend to. The League Championship still had to be won: Rangers were only three points behind, and they still had to be faced at Ibrox.

The fairy tale continued for Ronnie Simpson – he was picked to play for Scotland against World Champions England at Wembley on Saturday 15 th April, just three days after the Dukla match, winning his first cap at the age of 36! He became Scotland's oldest ever debutant. Three other Celts were selected to represent Scotland – Gemmell, Johnstone, and Lennox, although Jimmy Johnstone had to pull out of the team with injury and was replaced by yet another Celt, Willie Wallace.



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Posted by voc1967 on Friday 13 September 2019 - 10:37:06 | Comments: 0  |  printer friendly
 
 
 
 
 
The Birth Of An Era - The Swinging Sixties Part 5
The excitement and anticipation of Celtic's qualification for the semi final of the European Cup in 1967 was increased greatly when the draw paired Celts with the Czech army team, Dukla Prague.

The excitement and anticipation of Celtic's qualification for the semi final of the European Cup in 1967 was increased greatly when the draw paired Celts with the Czech army team, Dukla Prague. We had avoided the favourites, Internazionale of Milan, who drew the Bulgarians of CSKA Sofia.

Like Glasgow , Sofia had two teams in the semis of the two principal European tournaments – CSKA and Slavia, who were drawn to play Rangers in the Cup-Winners Cup semi final. Of the three possible opponents, Dukla were probably the preferred choice; despite the fact that they had beaten the exciting Ajax team in the quarters, there was a feeling that the Czechs had been lucky to win. Certainly it was a relief that we would not have to face Cruyff and co., and much more so that we had avoided Inter. The Italians had been awesome in defeating holders Real Madrid 3-1 on aggregate in their quarter final, and were rightly regarded as favourites to lift the Cup.



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Posted by voc1967 on Monday 09 September 2019 - 18:34:41 | Comments: 0  |  printer friendly
 
 
 
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